19 April 2016

Blog Tour & Giveaway: There Once Were Stars by Melanie McFarlane

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There Once Were Stars
by Melanie McFarlane.
Audience/Genre: Women or Children or YA or whatever/Fantasy or Urban Fantasy or Paranormal or whatever.
Publication: April 26th 2016 by Month9Books, LLC.
Peace. Love. Order. Dome. That’s the motto that the Order has given the residents of Dome 1618 to live by. Natalia Greyes is a resident of Dome 1618, a covered city protected from the deadly radiation that has poisoned the world outside for four generations. Nat never questioned the Order, until one day she sees a stranger on the outside of the dome. Now Nat wants answers. Is there life outside the dome and if so, what has the Order been hiding from everyone?

Reviewed by Kelly.

Ever since I saw the show called the Dome by Steven Spielberg I have been intrigued by the idea. This book shows me a little of what the world might be like after radiation poisoned the world so many years ago.

Nat’s parents were famous scientists. They died when Nat was nine. She still has some memories and a book her mom wrote of her studies. She used to go outside the dome that they live in with a team. Nat’s mom knew things and studied things. Nat has believed that her mother and father were killed by infected people that still live outside the dome. But Nat, who is a little rebellious, goes to her quiet part of the forest next to the edge of the dome where it is forbidden to go to relax and think of her mom. But she sees 2 men outside the dome. These men aren’t infected and they have seen her. One man was captured.

Natalia is now 18 and is given a job near the Director. He is the head of Dome 1618. She doesn’t know how she got a job there, after all there was evidence that she was in that forbidden spot and she saw the Outsiders. But now she is working in the same group that her parents worked in. She didn’t choose it and she has no desire for science. But the longer she is there the more she discovers that things aren’t what they have always believed. The one man captured, Evan, is there to protect her and get her to safety. He also just happens to kind of fall for her. Nat falls for Evan too. But things don’t always go the way you want things to go and it is a hard road for Nat filled with sorrow, yearning for knowledge of her parents and what is really going on there in Dome 1618.

Ok, now there is a love triangle here. But one of them has found unrequited love. Nat’s grandmother really didn’t like her and my heart went out to Nat with every conversation they had.

The last 20 pages literally had my heart racing and me sitting on the edge of my chair while the action is happening hurrying everyone along and wanting to know if it will end with this book or will there be another. But it finishes really nicely!

My only complaint is that sometimes Natalie was really immature. Other than that, I loved the story and couldn’t read it fast enough!

If you like dystopian stories, dome cities, infected people, viruses, love triangles, trying to find your own way in the world, action and doing what is right no matter the cost than this book might be for you!

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Whether it’s uncovering the corruption of the future, or traveling to other worlds to save the universe, Melanie McFarlane jumps in with both hands on her keyboard. Though she can be found obsessing over zombies and orcs from time to time, Melanie has focused her powers on her upcoming YA trilogy: THERE ONCE WERE STARS and her YA urban fantasy series: SUMMONER RISING.

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